Galway, Ireland, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing cities and offers plenty for the discerning tourist. Pace around its cobblestone streets for shopping, dining, and an excellent nightlife or take a bus tour to view the city’s historical sites. Venture out on a variety of day trips to see nearby sites like the Cliffs of Moher or the Aran Islands. Whatever you do with your time in Galway, you’ll need a place to rest your head at night. If you’re traveling on a budget, look no further than some of Galway’s finest youth hostels.
Sleepzone Galway City
Sleepzone Galway City is located less than five minutes from Eyre Square, a central nightlife spot and home to many of Galway’s more popular nightclubs, such as Cuba. You’ll also be close to the train and bus stations, as well as the departure points for many of Galway’s bus tours. A further 5 minute’s walk will bring you to the pedestrianized Shop Street, so named for its many shops (and pubs).
Sleepzone Galway City offers a range of room styles, all ensuite, such as single rooms, triple rooms, or 10 bed dormitories. Amenities include linens and towels, as well as spacious storage lockers in each room (one per bed). The hostel’s common area features a full kitchen as well as laundry facilities and complimentary wireless internet.
Snoozles Hostel Galway
Like Sleepzone, Snoozles is located right off Eyre Square-although it boasts a slightly more convenient location, being literally right around the corner from the bus station and just down the street from the central square area. Snoozles has rooms ranging from four to 10 beds, segregated by gender or mixed depending on your needs. All rooms are ensuite so you won’t have to worry about wandering out into the hallway to find your bathroom.
Snoozles has a large common area with a pool table, several televisions, DVD and video game systems, and a large kitchen and dining area. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast consisting of tea, coffee, cereals, fruit and toast.
Barnacles Quay Street Galway City
Barnacles Quay Street Galway City is located on downtown Galway’s pedestrianized Quay Street, connecting to Shop Street and all its many pubs, restaurants, and shops. Rooms range from double bed rooms to eight bed dorms, and include showers, linens, and towels.
Every bed is fitted with an unobtrusive reading light as well as a private storage locker for your personal belongings. Their common areas include a large kitchen and dining area, as well as a modest lounge where you can rent DVDs and relax if you’re tired of too many wild and crazy nights out-if you do want to go out, though, Barnacles is about as close to the pubs as you can get.